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Intel starts shipping next-gen Thunderbolt controllers

Intel is said to have finished work on its next generation Thunderbolt controller, codenamed Cactus Ridge, and it is apparently ready for Apple's upcoming Mac releases. According to VR-Zone, the new controller should make its way into the iMac and…

Intel set to release Thunderbolt optical cables this year

Intel has confirmed that it will release optical cables for the Thunderbolt interface later this year, enabling devices to communicate at further distances than possible with the existing copper-based versions, as well as offering increased bandwidth. Thunderbolt was released just…

Rumor: Apple Mac Pro, Mac mini updates coming in August

We've been hearing about an imminent update to Apple's MacBook Air lineup that will include Intel's latest generation Sandy Bridge processors and the new high-speed Thunderbolt port. Apparently, it won't be too long before Mac Pros and Mac Minis get…

In-Stat: 80 million USB 3.0 devices to ship in 2011

USB 3.0 adoption is set to rocket this year, according to market research group In-Stat, which forecasts that close to 80 million devices shipped in 2011 will support the technology. Although price is not really a barrier at this point,…

HP dismisses Intel's Thunderbolt in favor of USB 3.0

Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest PC manufacturer, is not impressed with Intel's Thunderbolt interconnect. The company has declared that it will not use it in new desktop PCs, and will instead stick with USB 3.0 because of wider support, at least…

Intel to support USB 3.0 in 2012, despite Thunderbolt

Intel has confirmed that it will support USB 3.0 starting next year. Intel's latest 32nm Sandy Bridge processors only support USB 2.0, but Ivy Bridge, which will be manufactured using a 22nm process, will come with USB 3.0.

Intel to release Thunderbolt developer kit this quarter

Intel's Thunderbolt interconnect was first announced back in February and so far it's being offered only by Apple in its new MacBook Pro laptops. Companies like Promise and LaCie were among the first to announce compatible desktop storage products to…

AMD downplays Intel's Thunderbolt due to low bandwidth

AMD is not impressed with Intel's Thunderbolt since its bandwidth can be easily outstripped using a combination of existing standards. As a result, the company believes that the technology will become another proprietary standard and may not be widely adopted.

LaCie, Promise announce first Thunderbolt-compatible drives

Hot on the heels of Intel's Thunderbolt debut yesterday with the new MacBook Pros, peripheral makers are starting to chime in to announce their support for the high-speed interconnect. Promise and LaCie have both pledged to launch compatible desktop storage…